Each year, UMass Women into Leadership matches our students with mentors who can offer advise and guidance on a range of professional issues.
What does the mentoring commitment look like?
Mentors are matched to their mentees from approximately December/January to June. Mentors are asked to be in regular contact with their mentee via email, video conference, or telephone, and can expect to answer questions on topics including work/life balance, graduate school, breaking into a particular sector, resume preparation, networking, and more. Mentors are very strongly encouraged to attend our annual workshop dinner (Fri., March 27, 2020 on the Amherst campus) and to arrange additional in-person meetings where possible. The time commitment varies according to mentor/mentee schedules, but we request that mentors schedule a brief, weekly or every-other week check-in throughout the semester.
What type of person is UWiL looking for?
Our mentors come from all walks of life, but generally have experience in the public sector -- whether through their regular jobs or volunteer activities. They generally have at least 5 years of post-baccalaureate professional experience and posses a genuine desire to help college students in their professional development.
We are especially interested in people with experience in Washington DC, with foreign service or diplomatic experiences, and with advocacy and social justice experiences.
I'm interested. What's next?
Fill out this brief survey so we can match you to our students! If you've mentored for us in the past, please still fill out a new survey. We want to make sure we have the most up to date information.